Spider-Man: No Way Home's Jon Watts Reportedly Directing Star Wars

By Richard Nebens Updated:
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Jon Watts has quickly become one of the biggest names in the directing community thanks to his work with Marvel Studios' Spider-Man franchise. His latest effort, Spider-Man: No Way Home, became the movie event of a generation as it earned some of the best reviews of any movie in history. Combine that with the sixth-best box office run of all time, and Watts is sitting in a great place thanks to his work.

Even though Peter Parker's time in the MCU is far from over, it's unclear if Watts will be the man to lead the way for as many as three confirmed Spidey sequels.

Currently, the director is already in line to bring Marvel Studios' Fantastic Four to the big screen in the next few years, taking on another fan-favorite property after the Fox merger. Outside of the MCU, he'll also bring his expertise to the sixth entry in the Final Destination franchise, making him one of the busiest men in Hollywood.

As it turns out, even all this isn't enough for Watts, as reports have him linked to yet another massive blockbuster franchise in the near future.

Jon Watts Joins Disney's Star Wars Story

Discussing Film revealed that Spider-Man: No Way Home director Jon Watts is in talks to direct at least one episode of an unannounced Star Wars project for Disney+. Rumors point to this being the recently-rumored Stranger Things-inspired series that is set during the High Republic era.

The Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau will reportedly act as an executive producer on the show, which currently has the working title of Grammar Rodeo. The series is set to begin filming in summer 2022 in Los Angeles.

Jon Watts Going Intergalactic with Star Wars

This new Stranger Things-inspired show from Lucasfilm is set to be something different than anything that's come before. Set in the largely unexplored High Republic era and featuring a cast of largely pre-teens and teenagers, it's a mystery as to how this story will add to the growing Star Wars narrative.

Thankfully, Jon Watts appears to be just the man to help bring that kind of exciting story to the Disney+ sphere.

Having worked with a cast full of youngsters in all three MCU Spider-Man movies, including power couple Zendaya and Tom Holland, Watts seems perfectly equipped to replicate his success in the galaxy far, far away. Combine that with his upcoming dip into horror and his expertise with blockbuster franchises, and it seems that Lucasfilm has a recipe for massive success.

Possibly the most exciting part of this is that Watts will reunite with MCU star and Star Wars guru Jon Favreau for a project that will have cameras rolling in a few months. The hope is that more information about his work will come to light in the near future, but the fact alone that he's involved will have anticipation skyrocketing in a hurry.

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Release Date
December 17, 2021
- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.